Michael Welter was born about 1834, in Germany or Luxembourg. In the spring of 1853 Michael left Germany and made his way to Antwerp, Belgium where he boarded the Adaline for America, arriving in New York City on June 3, 1853.
He was probably living in Ohio when he married to German- or Ohio-born Sophia Boehler (1835-1907), probably in Ohio, and they had ten children: Peter (b. 1856), Valentine (b. 1857), Mary (b. 1861), Henry (b. 1864), Lizzie (b. 1867), Michael (b. 1869), Joseph (b. 1871), Katie (b. 1874), Charles (b. 1877), Francis (b. 1880).
In 1860 Michael was working as a laborer and living with his wife and son in Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio. Except for his service in the war, he would live in Tiffin all his life.
Michael enlisted as Corporal in Company B, 12th New York infantry at Syracuse, New York, on April 30, 1861, and was mustered in on May 13. For reasons unknown he was transferred to the Band of the 3rd Michigan Infantry on August 1, 1861 (or 1862). He was mustered out, probably “as a member of the Band and not as a musician,” on August 15, 1862, at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia.
Michael eventually returned to Ohio and was living in Tiffin in June and July of 1863 when he was listed in the draft registration records. He reentered the army in Company K, 107th Ohio Infantry, as a Private, on December 19, 1863, and subsequently transferred to Company K, 25th Ohio Infantry on July 13, 1865. There is no further record.
After the war, or after he left the army Michael returned to his home in Tiffin, Ohio. By 1870 he was working as a laborer and living with his wife and children in Tiffin’s 2nd Ward, Seneca County. Ohio. By 1880 he was working as a laborer and living with his wife and children in Tiffin, Ohio and he was still living in Tiffin, Ohio in 1890.
He applied for and received a pension (407406) for his service in the Ohio regiments.
Michael was probably living in Ohio when he died on April 25, 1892. He was buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio.
In May of 1892 his widow was living in Ohio when she applied for and received a pension (no. 359330). She was living in Tiffin, Ohio in 1900.